why a magpie?

As a jewelry-loving girl whose first name starts with M, I was nicknamed ‘magpie’ by my family long ago.  It is, at this point, a fairly good decription of my approach to history – not that I gather everything shiny, but that I’m willing to take sticks and grass as well as silver to build a nest, or economics and ethnology when looking at history.  That and I love learning new things about history anywhere, any time in the world, even if it’s not one of my points of focus.